We heard a track from Vieux Farka Touré’s forthcoming CD The Secret (produced by Soulive’s Eric Krasno) along with music from Tuareg guitarist Bombino (opening for Tinariwen at the Cedar on July 8), Cesaria Evora, and Les Nubians (supporting their new CD Nu Revolution with a tour that includes two shows at the Dakota) on today’s show.

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5/12 in a nutshell…
Working backwards from the 3rd hour like we did last week, we just had to send in Ringo the TSPO after Prince The Kid from Phoenix City Buster (this week’s GotchaSKAvered entry)_ that match-up was too good to pass up! Ska from the European mainland (including a French Lollipop) made up the 4(+1)@4, Sherwood kicked off his middle-hour orbit with a brand-spankin’ new Tokyo Jihen BIG BAND track(!) scored by anime (and occasional Godzilla) soundtrack guy Takayuki Hattori, and the opening oldie hour included a couple of 2-Tone flavored tracks featuring guys from Mott The Hoople and Hawkwind, in additionn to usual suspects like Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Ernest Ranglin, etc. Oh, and Mango Jones has yer coffee.

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A chicano, peruano and a blaxican walk into a bar… On this episode of RP DJ Miguel Vargas is joined by special guest DJs Terrell Webb and Pierangelo Rossi. Let the fun begin.

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Minneapolis Music Scene: 1975-1980, Pt I
Written & Produced by Cyn Collins

The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis music scene was born.

This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Part I explores what inspired these musicians, which bands formed, and where they ultimately performed. It also focuses on the impact of Oar Folkjokeopus, the CC Club, and Jay’s Longhorn Bar.

Part II further describes Jay’s Longhorn Bar, features music and interviews with members of the Flamin’ Ohs and the Suburbs, and explores the birth of Twin/Tone Records.

Today Minneapolis has a vibrant and sustainable music scene thanks to the efforts of musicians and music lovers who dared to be different at a time when cover bands were the norm. Meet the players, who in the mid- to late-70s, paved the way for the next generation of bands—from Husker Du to the Replacements and beyond.

Interviews & Production Assistance from:

Curtiss A. (Curt Almsted)
Dave Ahl (Suicide Commandos)
Steve Almaas (Suicide Commandos)
Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland, DJ, booking agent, and former Jay’s Longhorn Bar staff)
Richard Champ (NNB)
Kevin Cole (Sr. program director, DJ KEXP Seattle, DJ REV 105)
Bob “Slim” Dunlap (guitarist in Thumbs Up, the Spooks, the Replacements)
Robert Henry (Fingerprints)
Peter Jesperson (Sr. vice president of A&R at New West Records, former manager of Oar Folkjokeopus, DJ at Jay’s Longhorn Bar, co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Terry Katzman (Garage D’Or Records)
Martin Keller (journalist, author)
Chris Osgood (Suicide Commandos)
Chan Poling (The Suburbs)
Nancy Sartor (project manager & executive producer)
Paul Stark (co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Robert Wilkinson (Prodigy and Flamin’ Oh’s)
Daniel Zamzow (production assistant)

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Polar Prom (CBC) and Will Your Go To Prom With Me (Currie Youth Radio)

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Martin Devaney and Jake Hyer stopped by the studio today. They performed some song live in-studio, plus we played a few tracks from Martin’s newest release “West End”. Thanks to the guys for coming in, they sounded great.

New releases today included music by Robbie Robertson, Ray Bonneville, Steve Earle, and Martin Devaney.

If you’d like to see the playlist, click “more” below. The archive of the show will be available for a couple of weeks. Music starts around 4 minutes into the archive, following the newscast.

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